Bruno Fernandes’ leaked WhatsApp voice note sheds light on Man Utd captaincy

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Bruno Fernandes will wear the Manchester United captain’s armband for the first time tonight.

With club captain Harry Maguire sidelined through injury, Fernandes will lead United into their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain.

Fernandes has been earmarked for the role since his arrival in January, when he immediately took on a leadership role and helped the club end last season with a flourish.

The playmaker now steps into Maguire’s shoes and follows in the footsteps of some legendary former United captains.

And a leaked WhatsApp voice note which hit the headlines in Portugal when he was with Sporting Lisbon sheds light on the captaincy style United can expect.

Fernandes slammed his team-mates after a below-par performance and the voice note was subsequently leaked in the press.

His comments showed his demanding nature and the fact he has high expectations of team-mates both on and off the pitch.

He will subsequently look to instil those high standards in the French capital tonight and beyond as he is tipped as United’s future captain.

The now United midfielder was quoted as saying in the leaked audio, per Portuguese publication Record: "Bro, I don't say anything! I honestly, if you want me to tell you, I'd rather not comment on anything.

"I think very badly of some of the attitude of some players. Actually not a certain attitude, it's an attitude that does not exist. There are players who have no attitude here, bro. They don't want to be here, they don't want to play.

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"They don't want to be here then f*** off, let them say they don't want to play. They spend a year here getting money, and then they f** off, bro. S*** attitude bro, for f**** sake.”

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Fernandes didn't shy away from what he had said on the voice note, when it eventually came to light.

Instead he actively stood by his comments and showed the conviction to back up his opinion.

Fernandes has already shown himself to be a fiery figure at United, but that attitude has seen him become a hit with fans and team-mates.

Despite rumours of a rift, he downplayed speculation whilst on international duty last week and will now captain the side for the first time.

"I think there has been a lot of speculation lately about this," Fernandes, told SportTV last week.

"First, they [the media] said there was a discussion with the teammates, and as that didn't sell, it was then with a teammate [Victor Lindelof], and as that didn't work either, it was with Solskjaer. I believe it's just a way of destabilising the group a little bit.”

In response to claims of a dressing room bust-up at half-time of their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham, he added: "What was said is in no way true because I was substituted at half-time for tactical reasons.

"When the coach told me that the game was over and that we would have many more [games] ahead, I understood that, of course. I was not satisfied with leaving, but I didn't speak or say, anything at that moment that could harm the group.

"Even after the game, the coach sent me a message to wish me good luck with the national team. [In the changing room at the end of the game] He asked me and two or three other players if we thought we needed to offer some words of support to the group but, nobody wanted to speak because it wasn't the best moment."

  • Harry Maguire
  • Manchester United FC
  • Bruno Fernandes
  • Champions League
  • Premier League

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